So here’s a funny story that I just heard as I was travelling across the country doing PD for some schools on the east coast.
Airplane seats on bigger planes typically come 3 to a row. And really, who wants to be in the middle seat? Diminutive people, we all assume, endure it best. Big boned folks (i.e. behemoth tubs-o’-goo) dread it
(Save the hate mail, peeps, I am joking! Besides, we all hate the middle seat. Stick figure waifs to NFL lineman, no one likes the middle seat, especially when you are forced to wedge in between strangers… which brings me back to my story.)
So say you are a parent travelling with a 4 year old on an airplane who has two tickets, one for an aisle seat and one for a middle seat. Which one are you gonna choose for yourself?
The aisle, naturally. Plus, if you know anything about 4 year olds, to put them on the aisle means that you will, at some point, inevitably be chasing them up the aisle for half the flight.
Giving your kid the middle seat on an airplane is simply good parenting. It keeps ‘em fenced in.
So the 4 year boy, sitting in the middle seat in this story, sees the man sitting in the window seat of his row take out his laptop computer. And the boy, innocently enough, when the gent opens his laptop, reaches over and “wipes” the computer screen.
Nothing happens. The boy looks puzzled. So he reaches over and “wipes” it again.
And again, nothing.
And then he does it a third time. At this point the dad reaches over and holds down his son’s arm, non-verbally communicating to his child the idea, “Please don’t do that.”
The son looks up at his father and says, “Daddy, his computer’s broken.”
The man in the window seat then looks up and the dad, apologizing for his kid’s “wiping” smiles with a slightly embarrassed look on his face. He then proceeds to explain that he owns an iPad and his son thinks
that all computers should allow wiping as does his iPad.
Moral of this story: to a 4 year old, the laptop computer on which I typed this blog post today is already “broken”.
Times they are a changin’.